[I’m “cheating” today and sharing a blog post I wrote for Just18Summer.com a couple of years ago.]
When I was a child, one of my favorite, most fascinating “games” was to walk around with a hand mirror held just under my eyes so that the ceiling became the floor, and the rooms in our house were turned upside down. Yes, I bumped into my fair share of furniture and stubbed my toes more than once, but that didn’t stop me from playing “the mirror game.” I loved the way a mirror seemed to turn everything upside down and backwards, and how it could make a room seem twice as big and the light from a window twice as bright. And how if you looked in a mirror at yourself looking in another mirror, it multiplied the image to infinity. It was almost magical!
When it comes to decorating, mirrors can still work “magic.” There is no other decorating accessory that works so hard and accomplishes so much with so little effort.
Yes, the main purpose of mirrors is usually practical: to help us see our own reflection while we brush our hair, put on makeup, or check our outfit for the day.
This vanity mirror in my sister’s bedroom does that in style. But it’s also positioned—as is every mirror in her beautiful home—to reflect something pretty or interesting.
This mirror in our foyer was a garage sale find. I love that it reflects greenery, as well as light from the front door’s sidelights. It also serves the purpose of safety and convenience: if we’re coming down the stairs or around the corner, we can see the foyer before we get there.
My office in our last house opened onto a long, dim hallway. By hanging two mirrors, one over the other, we created the effect of a full-length mirror, and the light it reflected from my office window not only brightened the hallway, but made it appear much wider and shorter.
Don’t think you must always hang a mirror. One of the mirrors from the hallway above now rests on the floor of the master bedroom in our current home, leaning against the wall and bouncing light from the windows directly across from it.
This floor-standing mirror in our living room made the ficus tree (and later, our Christmas tree) look twice as full. It reflected lovely light from the window and gave an empty wall a much more interesting view. (A warning, however: I speak of this mirror in past tense because one day, for no apparent reason, it fell forward and shattered into a million pieces! So take heed—especially if you have small children in your home—that a mirror must be securely hung or anchored in place for safety’s sake.)
This round mirror in my office was carefully placed to reflect a lamp on the opposite wall. A mirror can literally give you twice the sparkle in a room by strategically reflecting lamps or other spots of light.
Mirrors are just one tool to help make your house feel brighter and homier. Are the mirrors in your home being used to the best advantage? Are there ways you could reposition them to capture and reflect more light, and to reflect something more interesting than they currently do?
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. ~1 Corinthians 13:12